Random Writing Quote:

“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Antoinette Kuritz

Speaker: Antoinette Kuritz

Date: August 16, 2014

"How and Why to Build a Platform Before Publication"

Platform, platform, platform. Agents may love your manuscript or proposal, but they ask: what's the platform. Distributors may love your book, but within the application paperwork is, "What's the platform?" Publishers may think your topic is hot and the writing exceptional, but still they ask, "What's the platform?"

So, what is a platform? How do you create one? Once you create it, how do you use it? And why is it suddenly so important to authors? Join us for an interactive discussion that will answer these questions and more - and just might set you on the road to building a great platform of your own. Please bring a 35 word description of your book project with you, and if you already believe you have built your platform, bring a 35 word description of it, as well.

A literary publicist and book project manager with a real understanding of the publishing industry, Antoinette Kuritz is the CEO of The Kuritz Group, Inc., an organization with includes STRATEGIES Literary PR, The La Jolla Writers Conference, and Writer’s Roundtable radio show. Anticipating the upcoming evolution in the publishing industry, when she founded the LJWC in 2001 she insisted the conference cover the art, craft, and business of writing – and that all who participated as organizers or faculty of the conference do it to pay it forward to aspiring authors. An avid reader and self-proclaimed writer groupie, in her day job Antoinette has worked with authors as varied as Victor Villasenor, psychic medium John Edward, legendary Joe Wambaugh, NY Times bestselling author James Rollins, and young adult author John H. Ritter. STRATEGIES Literary PR is best known for taking books from idea to success.

Upcoming speaker for September 20, 2014:

Jared Kuritz

Speaker: Jared Kuritz

"Publishing with a Purpose: The Seven Methods Of Publishing"

This lecture will explain and demystify the seven different publishing options available to you, the associated components and costs of each, and the questions you need to answer to determine what method(s) make the most sense for you.

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